Chile to upgrade its AS 365 Dauphin 2 helicopters

The Chilean Navy plans to soon upgrade its eight AS 365 Dauphin 2 helicopters, but has not awarded or signed contracts yet, military sources in Santiago told Jane’s.

According to the sources, upgrades for the AS 365 fleet have long been studied, including talks and information exchanges with Airbus Helicopters, its fully owned Brazilian subsidiary Helibras, and engine-maker Safran, but it is unlikely that a contract will be signed before than 2018.

The Chilean Navy’s Naval Aviation Command operates four AS 365N2s procured second-hand between 2002 and 2006. Previously civilian operated, the aircraft were refurbished and outfitted to satisfy Chilean requirements.

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